Orly Terranova and Bernardo Graue with their Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter took the stage victory today on the Rallye du Maroc as the test tackled high dunes, tough tracks and difficult climbs under the searing sun of the Sahara desert. Following their second place finish yesterday it’s once more been a vindication of the speed the Hunter has on a world stage.
Teammate and former World Rally Raid Championship leader Sébastien Loeb also had huge pace throughout the event and was on course for the victory were it not for a slide into a ditch yesterday. However, the entire 2,245 kilometres have been an invaluable experience before the team’s next event, the Dakar Rally in January 2024.
The Bahrain Raid Xtreme crew now returns to their rally raid headquarters in the UK to prepare all their vehicles before the biggest motorsport event on the planet and the one they all want to win. Analysis, modifications and world-leading engineering will be put into the Prodrive Hunter of Loeb and Lurquin with the focus on providing them with the best possible chance to win the Dakar following their successive 2nd place finishes in 2022 and 2023.
Orly Terranova - BRX (Stage Winner)
“It was a nice day as the feeling is coming better and better all the time. We really enjoyed that very much. I feel like this team is my house so to make a fantastic rally as we’ve done, less for the mistake with a ditch, but we both loved it all the way - the truth!”
Sébastien Loeb - BRX (4th on Stage)
“Of course we wanted to fight for the win and we fought to be strong and quick to have that possibility of victory as we saw on the penultimate stage yesterday. We can do great things in this car but it just wasn’t the moment for those few seconds yesterday. It has all been a great experience for Dakar that is obviously our focus now.”
Gus Beteli, BRX Team Principal
“What a great day for Orly and Bernardo to take the victory here in Merzouga. They were second yesterday and then won it today, all the more impressive by them being a new pairing together too. Seb came here to win overall and we almost touched it yesterday with that stellar run through the toughest stage but that little ditch just caught us out to have to wait another day to return to the top step.”
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About Bahrain Raid Xtreme
A joint partnership between the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prodrive the British motorsport and engineering group formed the joint venture Prodrive International in 2020. Building on Prodrive’s extensive experience in developing championship winning race and rally cars, its aim is to design and manufacture cars to compete in the Dakar Rally and World Rally Raid Championship. BRX achieved the best finishing position, 5th with Nani Roma on debut in 2021, and 2nd with Sebastien Loeb in both 2021 and 2022. Its Hunter cars run Prodrive EcoPower, a sustainable fuel made from agricultural waste. The fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to standard fuel.
Prodrive is one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses. Over 500 staff are employed across its Banbury headquarters and composites manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes. While the company is perhaps best known for motorsport, today it is just one part of an organisation that in the last decade has diversified to become a technology business working in a range of sectors and providing a range of services. Within the Prodrive Group, there are four distinct but interconnected business areas: Motorsport, operating race and rally programmes for vehicle manufacturers and global brands; Advanced Technology, providing innovative technology for the automotive, aerospace, defence, and marine sectors; Composites, developing lightweight composite components for the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors; and Brand& developing bespoke clothing and accessories for leading brands.